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Envoy urges no US troop increase

BBC News - ‎20 minutes ago‎
The US ambassador in Kabul has written to the White House arguing against sending thousands more American troops to Afghanistan. In a leaked cable, Karl Eikenberry expressed doubts about the competence of President Hamid Karzai's government.

America's seeing red: More prefer Republicans to Democrats in recent poll

New York Daily News - Michael Mcauliff - ‎8 hours ago‎
If Democrats were not worried by losing the New Jersey and Virginia governorships this month, Gallup has some data today that should put a deep chill in their bones.

Fort Hood suspect's contact with cleric spelled trouble, experts say

Los Angeles Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Yemeni American Anwar al Awlaki's radical take on Islam has been connected to home-grown terrorist plots. Experts say their e-mails should have prompted a full investigation.

At Arafat Memorial, Abbas Pushes Independence Fight

New York Times - Isabel Kershner - ‎39 minutes ago‎
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians turned out Wednesday for a rally here on the fifth anniversary of the death of the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and to show support for his successor, President Mahmoud Abbas, ...

Iran's Ahmadinejad calls for nuclear cooperation

Los Angeles Times - Borzou Daragahi - ‎8 hours ago‎
The president's conciliatory tone in a TV speech suggests Iran could still accept a UN-backed uranium deal. By Borzou Daragahi Reporting from Beirut - Iran's president today called for international cooperation on nuclear technology in a prime-time ...

Kidnapped Irish priest released in Philippines

AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - Kidnapped Irish priest Michael Sinnott emerged from over a month in the jungles of the southern Philippines on Thursday, declaring himself in good health and eager to continue his missionary work.

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Residents, veterans honor the armed forces

Whittier Daily News - Bethania Palma Markus, Sandra T. Molina - ‎35 minutes ago‎
United States Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, gives a hug to United States Army Veteran Manny Diaz during the Veterans of Foriegn War and American Legion Veteran's Day event, before receiving ...

Scoring system for school aid

Washington Post - Nick Anderson - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, shown in a September photo, called the program a "game-changer." (Matt Rourke/associated Press) By Nick Anderson Educators argue endlessly about the merits of one idea or another to improve schools.

Fort Hood shooting took a toll on suspect's peers in psychiatric counseling

Los Angeles Times - Nicholas Riccardi - ‎2 hours ago‎
Three of the soldiers slain were members of the Wisconsin-based 467th Medical Detachment, to which suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was not assigned.
Fort Worth Salutes Its Veterans Fort Worth Star Telegram

HP's 3Com Acquisition Will Challenge Cisco

BusinessWeek - Aaron Ricadela - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Through its acquisition of networking gear maker 3Com, Hewlett-Packard will accelerate competition with Cisco Systems (CSCO), especially in China, practically overnight.

States Draw Up Plans for Year of Even Bigger Budget Cuts

Wall Street Journal - Amy Merrick - ‎3 hours ago‎
After months of spending cuts and layoffs, states are drawing up plans for tax increases and an even larger round of service reductions next year as budget shortfalls continue to widen.

Brazil president orders probe of blackout

Washington Post - Jonathan Wheatley - ‎58 minutes ago‎
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Wednesday ordered an investigation into why more than half the country, including the major cities and industrial center, lost electricity for several hours ...

Microsoft adds Wolfram Alpha to Bing

V3.co.uk - ‎2 hours ago‎
Microsoft has announced a deal which will bring the Wolfram Alpha search tool to its Bing search service. The company said that the deal will allow users to take advantage of the Wolfram Alpha algorithms and search tools within Bing queries.

Thanks Google, But Airport Wi-Fi Should Always Be Free

PC World - Jared Newman - ‎7 hours ago‎
Google's getting more than the usual amount of attention this week for sponsoring free airport Wi-Fi during the holiday season.

Report: 1 mil Xbox Live members banned for piracy

GamePro.com - Dave Rudden - ‎1 hour ago‎
According to a recent report, Microsoft has banned a sizable amount of its Xbox Live members, under suspicion that they are playing pirated software.

Taylor Swift Sweeps the CMAs

People Magazine - Brian Orloff - ‎13 minutes ago‎
Taylor Swift opened the show with a winning performance - but the 19-year-old singer had to wait until the end of the Country Music Assocation Awards telecast Wednesday night to collect the biggest honor: entertainer of the year.

Mike Tyson arrested after LA airport scuffle

Reuters - Mohammad Zargham - ‎49 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was arrested on Wednesday after brawling with a celebrity photographer at Los Angeles International Airport and injuring the man's head, police said.

Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN

Washington Post - Howard Kurtz - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Lou Dobbs, the most opinionated and divisive anchor at a cable network that bills itself as a straight-news oasis, resigned from CNN on Wednesday night, saying in his final broadcast that he wants "to go beyond the role" of a television ...

Back in Orlando, the Cavs Are Looking Good

New York Times - Howard Beck - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Mark Duncan/AP The Cavaliers' front office brought in Shaquille O'Neal, right, to team with lebron James after Cleveland was defeated in the Eastern Conference finals last spring by the Orlando Magic.

Depleted New Jersey Nets fall to 0-8 after 82-79 to Philadelphia 76ers

New York Daily News - Julian Garcia - ‎24 minutes ago‎
The Nets found that out Wednesday night when they lost to the 76ers, 82-79, at the Meadowlands to extend their franchise-worst start to 0-8.
76ers hold off winless Nets Philadelphia Inquirer

Oden overpowers smaller Wolves; Blazers win 107-84

The Associated Press - Jon Krawczynski - ‎1 hour ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS - Greg Oden sure looked like a franchise center Wednesday night. Oden had 18 points and 11 rebounds in three quarters to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 107-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
NBA: Portland 107, Minnesota 84 United Press International

ANALYSIS-New US swine flu death estimates will be guess

Reuters - Maggie Fox, Philip Barbara - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - US health officials are due to release new estimates of deaths from swine flu on Thursday, but the numbers will be just that -- a rough estimate.

UN says hunger stunts some 200 million children

The Associated Press - Ariel David, Maria Cheng - ‎8 hours ago‎
ROME - Nearly 200 million children in poor countries have stunted growth because of insufficient nutrition, according to a new report published by UNICEF Wednesday before a three-day international summit on the problem of world hunger.

Study links BPA in plastics to erectile dysfunction

CNN - Ray Hainer - ‎8 hours ago‎
Several companies have announced that they will voluntarily phase out the chemical from their products. (Health.com) -- Bisphenol-A, a chemical found in hard, clear plastic used to make everything from baby bottles to food ...

Is It Time to Retire the Football Helmet?

Wall Street Journal - Reed Albergotti, Shirley S. Wang - ‎11 hours ago‎
This football season, the debate about head injuries has reached a critical mass. Startling research has been unveiled. Maudlin headlines have been written.

Snap Judgments: Divisions take shape, Palmer owns Ravens, more

SI.com - ‎Nov 8, 2009‎
AP PHILADELPHIA -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we await the Cowboys-Eagles NFC East first-place grudge match to come tonight at Lincoln Financial Field ... • Thank you, Week 9. Thanks for the dose of clarity. We needed that.

Thousands of Rape Kits Wait to be Tested

CBS News - Laura Strickler - ‎Nov 10, 2009‎
While thousands of rape kits throughout the nation never make it to crime labs for testing, Armen Keteyian reports that even the kits which are sent to the labs can go untested for months or years.

Job Seekers Aim to Erase Criminal Past

Wall Street Journal - Douglas Belkin - ‎10 hours ago‎
US job seekers are crashing into the worst employment market in years and background checks that reach deeper than ever into their pasts.

KELLNER: New Apple mouse really is 'Magic'

Washington Times - ‎Nov 8, 2009‎
Even though a computer mouse rightly can be thought of as one of the more peripheral of peripherals, a new one just arrived that can honestly claim the adjective "transformative.